President Donald J. Trump stands before a section of border fencing during his visit to the border area of Otay Mesa, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, a neighborhood along the Mexican border in San Diego, Calif. | Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead via Flickr Public Domain
The U.S. House on Friday again voted to stop President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration to secure funding for his border wall, following a vote Thursday in the U.S. Senate.
The vote was 236-174 to end Trump’s emergency declaration at the border, with 11 Republicans crossing over. Trump is expected to veto the resolution, as he did before and the chambers failed to garner enough votes to override.
Eight Michigan members of Congress voted to rebuke the president for circumventing Congress to secure funds for the wall, including six Democrats; one Republican, U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph); and one independent, U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (R-Cascade Twp.). Both voted the same way when the resolution was up in March. Five Michigan Republicans voted no. U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-Southfield) didn’t vote.
The U.S. Senate voted 54-41 on Thursday. It takes a two-thirds majority in both chambers to override a veto, which almost certainly won’t happen.
In March, the U.S. House vote on the resolution was 245-182, with 13 Republicans crossing over. At the time, 25 GOP former lawmakers, including former U.S. Rep. Joe Schwarz (R-Battle Creek), signed a letter urging GOP members of Congress to vote for the resolution, as the Advance reported.
The National Emergencies Act allows Democrats to seek a vote on repealing the emergency declaration every six months.
“Yet again, I am proud to sign and send to @realDonaldTrump’s desk bipartisan legislation terminating his fake emergency declaration,” U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) wrote on Twitter.
Trump, who has been busy on Twitter lashing out at Democrats for launching a formal impeachment inquiry this week, has not responded to this vote.
Congressional Democrats and other Trump critics have slammed their GOP colleagues for bypassing the legislative branch and allowing the administration to divert funds for military projects in their home states. The Defense Department announced it would delay or suspend 127 military construction projects to help fund a $3.6 billion wall.
Many states, led by California, have filed a lawsuit seeking to block Trump’s declaration, including Michigan.
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